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SERIES: Barber Quarters 1892-1916
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1892-O 25C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
5602
Diameter:
24.30 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
6.30 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,640,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$22,425 • NGC MS68 • 11-13-2009 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 34 / 74 TIE 34 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 49 / 74 TIE 49 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 80 R-8.2 45 / 74 TIE 45 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade  
8 MS66 PCGS grade
8 MS66 PCGS grade
8 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1892-O Barber Quarter Dollar is in the middle of the pack in terms of mintage and overall rarity, and is in the lower half in terms of rarity in Mint State.  This means that collectors should be able to obtain a high-grade example of this date with relative ease. 

Most Mint State 1892-O Barber Quarters cluster around the MS-62 to MS-64 grades, with MS-63 being the most common by a slight edge.  MS-65 examples are scarce, but available.  MS-66 and better examples are very rare, dropping to a mere three examples graded by PCGS in MS-67.  The overall strike is good for a New Orleans Mint product, but still short of the well-made Philadelphia Mint issues.

Some collectors pay attention to the placement of the mintmark on the back of Barber Quarters, partly out of interest, and partly as an aid in authentication.  In 1892, mint engravers placed the mintmark over the R of QUARTER, unlike the placement on all subsequent years, when the mintmark appears over either the D of DOLLAR or between the R and D (the same is true for the 1892-S Quarter). Why the change was made is unclear, as the placement on the 1892-O and 1892-S Quarters centers the mintmark perfectly beneath the eagle's tail.